NCL 141 – Wild Animals I Have Known by Ernest Thompson Seton

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Wild Animals I Have Known  was not included in Series One.

Wild Animals I Have Known by Ernest Thompson Seton (New Canadian Library N141)Series Two

From the Back Cover:

As fresh and as thrilling today as they were over seventy years ago, these are the original, epoch-making nature tales that have for generations entertained readers young and old. Wild Animals I Have Known includes the celebrated stories that Rudyard Kipling singled out as a major influence on his own classics, The Jungle Book and Second Jungle Book. Ernest Thompson Seton’s most engaging animal portrayals are here–Raggylug the Cottontail, Lobo the King of Currumpaw, Wully the Yaller Dog, Vixen, Redruff, Silverspot and all the rest. Wild Animals I Have Known is a book on enduring delight.

Ernest Thompson Seton achieved unparalleled popularity with the more than forty books of animal and woodcraft stories which he wrote and illustrated-books which combined the scientific knowledge of a naturalist, the eye of an artist and the practical wisdom of the woodsman. He played a major role in establishing the realistic animal tale as a literary genre.

Wild Animals I Have Known by Ernest Thompson Seton (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Four

From the Back Cover:

An immediate success upon its first publication in 1898, WILD ANIMALS I HAVE KNOWN remains the best-known and best-loved of Ernest Thompson Seton’s works.

Seton’s portrayal of the ways of nature is a fascinating reflection of the conflicting impulses of his time. Romanticism is tempered by scientific observation; sentimentality by Darwinian dispassion. Yet throughout these stories the individual, not the species, is transcendent, for each of Seton’s animal heroes is in his way an exception among his kind.

WILD ANIMALS I HAVE KNOWN, Seton’s first collection, gave to the animal story a new credibility and power as a literary genre. With two hundred line drawings by the author, the New Canadian Library edition is an unabridged reprint of the complete original text.

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